The Pond of the False Prophet reproved me again
Atop a headwall after the abandoned road
Of the head-razing hummingbird,
After snow retreat, minced bog, exposure, wild ginger.
David Guterson was born in Seattle in 1956. He is the author of a short story collection, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, and five novels, including Ed King (2011) and Snow Falling on Cedars, for which he received the PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2002 he cofounded Field’s End, a nonprofit organization designed to serve writers. Guterson lives on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound.
Photograph by Alan Berner.